Tech giants contend for transparency following US govt gag orders
Washington: High profile tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo have contended for transparency against the US government gag orders that forbid them from revealing the kind of national security information they receive.
The companies wrote in a brief that the government sought to participate in public debate over its use of the NSL statute and it must provide accessibility to the companies to offer an informed viewpoint in that debate.
According to CNET, NSLs are secret requests to Web and telecommunications companies requesting the `name, address, length of service` and other account information about users that`s relevant to a national security investigation. No court approval is required for the electronic data-gathering technique, and disclosing the existence of the FBI`s secret requests is not permitted.
However, the companies have sought for larger clarity after leaked documents of former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged that they provided complete admittance to the NSA to their servers through their PRISM program.
The companies have vehemently denied these allegations and requested the government to publish the kinds of national security requests they have received.
The organizations have attributed that they would not divulge information that could endanger an inquiry but release the kind of NSLs that the government requires to stipulate matter about their clients.
Reports have further revealed that according to the filing, the US government responded that the companies have no First Amendment right to disclose information gathered from participation in a secret government investigation.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Is Akhilesh Yadav overlooking Muslims as Mulayam Singh alleged?
- DNA: Why did Navjot Singh Sidhu call BJP 'Kaikeyi’, Congress ‘Kaushalya’?
- 38-year-old arrested for ‘raping’ minors in Delhi; assaulted over 600 girls
- My father wanted me to be a man of character: Navjot Singh Siddhu
- BJP announces 149 names in first list of candidates for UP elections
- Geeta Phogat comes to rescue of Zaira Wasim; hits out at trolls, asks actress not to apologise
- India vs England, Pune ODI: MS Dhoni still the boss; convinces Virat Kohli with spot on DRS call — WATCH
- India vs England, 1st ODI: Ravichandran Aswhin steals the show with huge six — WATCH
- Petrol price hiked by 42 paisa per litre, diesel by Rs 1.03 a litre
- ‘Dangal’ star Zaira Wasim says I am not a role model, not proud of what I am doing